The River Wye is the fifth longest river in the UK, starting at the Black Mountains in Wales, briefly leaving the country to travel through Herefordshire and the Forest of Dean and then winding its way into the Severn Estuary by Chepstow. With the river offering over 215km of water to canoe along, there are many reasons why the River Wye is the perfect venue for your canoeing trip this summer.
When embarking on a canoe trip, you really need to make sure that your mini holiday will offer you everything you need it to; from excitement right the way through to making sure you will see the things you want to see.
The River Wye is a perfect place to take your canoe trip and we take a look at some of the reasons why we believe the River Wye is the right river to take your canoe onto.
Location – The Forest of Dean is close to both the M4 and M5 and is also well connected by the train network, making it very easy to travel to and from many areas in the Midlands, South Wales, South and South West England. If you are planning a canoeing trip then the travel time between your home and the actual place where you begin you trip should really be factored in, especially if there is a large group of you going or you have children to consider.
Scenery – The River Wye boasts some of the most amazing scenery you could ever possibly wish to see, from ranging mountains right the way through to Royal Forests, you really will see Mother Nature at her very best. The local towns and villages will take your breath away, with small and charming shops mixed in with the big stores to make sure that you have everything you need but in a much nicer setting.
Long Stretch Of River – As we have mentioned previously, the River Wye offers over 200 km of water to point your canoe towards, meaning that you are bound to find a perfect location for you. With Symonds Yat, country villages and a city along the way, the river is long enough to make a trip last a good period but at the same time offers enough places of interest to really break your trip up and allow you to do other things.
Different Levels Of Difficulty – Because the River Wye stretches through so many different areas and landscapes, there are many levels of difficulty on offer for a canoeist, meaning that if you are inexperienced or a canoe veteran, you will be able to find a stretch of the river that is suitable for you. Whereas some rivers tend to be quite consistent in terms of challenge, the River Wye has so many different turns and obstacles that you can easily find a stretch to either push you to your limits or let you learn how to canoe with ease.
Good Canoe Companies – The River Wye undoubtedly boasts some of the best canoe hire and instruction companies you will find in the UK, mainly because the stretch of river is so popular and therefore supply has to meet demand. Saying that, you still need to do your research carefully and make sure you do opt for the right company, but you can rest assured that you will have plenty to choose from down on this river.
Accommodation – Because of the different areas that the River Wye travels through, you will be lucky enough to find some fabulous accommodation ranging all the way from campsites right the way through to lovely riverside B&B’s and lodges. If you can make your canoe trip last a week then you can afford to take in some amazing sites and there is nothing better than spending all day on the river and then relaxing with a few drinks and some good food at a local pub.